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Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century #2)

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Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry when bad news hits: her husband died in POW camp; her gravely injured, estranged pa wants to see her. After harrowing dirigible and rail trips, she boards Union steam engine Dreadnought to Tacoma. Beset by bushwhackers then Rebels -- what is the cargo secreted in the second and last cars?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2010 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published 2010)
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Cherie Priest's Dreadnought is set in the same alternate history as Boneshaker but really doesn't connect with it until the last couple of chapters. It's the story of a Confederate Civil War nurse who receives a letter telling her that her husband, a Union soldier, has died. A couple of days later, she receives a telegram telling her that her father is dying and wants to see her. So, she sets off to travel from Virginia to Tacoma to see him for the first time since she was a little girl. (For so ...more
David Skies
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It's all about the journey, not the destination, in Priest's third entry in The Clockwork Universe. A journey undertaken via airship, steamship and the eponymous Dreadnought, a monstrous Union war train carry more guns than the Texas chapter of the NRA. It's a journey with more than its fair share of bumps along the way, true, but it's also a very linear one.

Throughout the voyage battles are fought, unsurprising mysteries revealed, rebel raiders repelled, numero
I was about to dismiss Cherie Priest and her Clockwork Century series as over hyped, finding them pleasant enough while being slightly confused by enthusiastic praise being heaped on them. But, this final scheduled volume (hopefully there will be more) changes most of my concerns. This is a great adventure with lots action and terrific pacing. There are too many characters with too little differentiating a lot of them and the ending is a bit of a fizzle. The extended Civil War has always been in ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Cherie Priest has now entered the category of writers whose works I will buy the day they're released. What I love about all of her work is the characters. They're people I might know. Good, honest if not somewhat flawed people. They work hard, stand up for what is right, and aren't worried about getting their hands dirty. They may also be cranky, reserved, opinionated, or any other number of somewhat negative things. Because they're so believable, I buy in and joyfully follow along with them on ...more
What do you get when you combine a bit of "Murder on the Orient Express", a dash of old Hammer Horror movies, a slightly larger dash of modern zombie sensibilities, a sizeable helping of movies like "Open Range" and "Tombstone", and generous portions of freshly sliced Steampunk?

You get Dreadnought, the third book in Cherie Priest's ongoing "Clockwork Century" tale! And what a book it is! There's a bit of everything going on in this particular novel (except for romance), and it all adds up to a s
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4.5 Stars

This is a very different book from the first two in the Clockwork Century series. This is a tight, fast paced, and narrow story about a nurse named Mercy making her way across a civil war torn country.

Mercy is a strong and likable protagonist who is brave and good at her job as a nurse. She gets the news that her husband, whom she hs not been seen for over 2 years has died in a prison camp. Meanwhile, her estranged father has contacted her about needing to see her because he is on his d
Andrew Neal
Looks like I skipped the second book, but as each one focuses on a different character that doesn't seem to matter.

Anyway, I liked this better than the first one. I thought it was a fun, light read, and I liked the main character. Even considering that, I had two problems with the book, but they weren't enough to ruin it:

1. The explanation of how in the midst of this seemingly never-ending civil war, almost all the southern states had freed their slaves just seemed way off to me. I mean, I'm a w
Dreadnought is the third book in the Clockwork Century series by Priest. All of the books are separate adventures in the sames universe, so they can be read alone or together. There are five total books planned for this series with the fourth, Ganymede, being released in fall of 2011 and the fifth, Inexplicable, being release in the fall of 2012. This was another great addition to this series; I love the world Priest has created and it was a great read.

Mercy is a nurse on the Confederate side of
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So it looks like the backlash against steampunk has finally begun in the last year or two; and to all the haters, all I can say is, "Screw you!" A science-fiction subgenre 150 years in the making, turns out that the punk-influenced genre writers of the 1980s and early '90s found a lot to admire in the old
Guy Gonzalez
Everything that made Boneshaker such a great read -- intriguing setting, multiple storylines, engaging characters -- is weaved seamlessly into Dreadnought, but this time Cherie Priest takes her lead character, nurse Vinita "Mercy" Lynch, on an intense, cross-country journey that methodically reveals the much bigger canvas that is The Clockwork Century. And what a journey it is!

Starting in Richmond, VA, the opening two chapters are as emotionally engaging as the first 10 minutes of Pixar's UP, in
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There are some writers who speak directly to my thought patterns. I love the cadence of their writing, the storyline progression, concepts, characterizations. They write people that reflect a little bit of me – the way I see myself, or the way I want to see myself.

Cherie Priest writes people. Yes, she writes zombies and dirigibles, soldiers, and poison gas... but she also writes deliciously complicated women, who are forced to live up to their potential, whether they want to do it, or not. And
This was a fantastically page-turning read. It is a sequel to the excellent Boneshaker and yet a book that introduces a new heroine and takes place almost entirely out of sight of the setting of the first book. Mercy Lynch, the main character, is a nurse at a Confederate hospital during the ongoing (for 20 years now) Civil War. Her husband has just died fighting for the Union and she gets a summons to Seattle to visit her estranged father on his death bed. So she has to travel across country dur ...more
A rollicking steampunk adventure, with all of the trappings of the genre and a great heroine to boot. I thought this one was well paced and focused and benefited from Mercy's single point of view. I'm finding it hard to say if I liked this one or the first one better. (view spoiler) ...more
...Following up on such a successful first book is always challenging. I think Priest delivered an even stronger novel with Dreadnought. It combines the setting, steampunk elements and zombies that made the first novel such a fun read but also manages to expand the reader's view of her alternate history. It's one of those book that will keep you reading just because the excitement of the story never lets up. I liked Boneshaker a lot, I absolutely loved Dreadnought. I can't wait for the next Cloc ...more
This steampunk thriller is a sequel to Cherie Priest's 2009 Hugo-nominated and Nebula-nominated Boneshaker, which I read about two years ago. While it is a sequel, in that it is set soon after in the same world, this story involves almost exclusively new characters and a new plot.

Mercy Lynch is a nurse in a confederate hospital, who one day is visited by Clara Barton to inform her that her union soldier husband has died in the infamous Andersonville prison. On top of that, she receives notice t
Steven Cole
"Dreadnought" is, at it's core, the story of Mercy Lynch and her journey from a field hospital in an alternate-history Civil War to her far-off estranged father dying in Seattle, and the adventures she had along the way. (Which include the Steampunk standard airships and massive battle machines, along with other stuff.)

So in essence, this is a travel adventure. Now, I've read a number of travel adventures, and except for a small few (The Lord of the Rings comes to mind), they've been pretty lous
Jenny T
In an alternate history in which the Civil War is still raging after 20 years, cross-country dirigible transport is picking up steam (ahem) and a mysterious yellow gas is turning people into flesh-craving zombies, widowed nurse Mercy Lynch is traveling from a military hospital in Virginia to see her dying father in Washington. Her transport is the Union military steam engine, the Dreadnought, carrying a mysterious cargo that attracts Rebels and bandits... and perhaps a spy?

This sequel to Bonesha
I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one -- Boneshaker. There was less action in this one than in he previous one, and a little more character development.

That being said, I had a few problems with this book.

First off, the main female character was a little too similar as the one in Boneshaker. Second, her motivation for doing the one BIG thing that takes up the rest of the book is ... weak. VERY weak. As in, I don't really understand, and it seemed like an excuse to get her to the r
there has been a lot of change in my life since i started reading this book. first off, i got laid off from my job at powells. powells was an awesome job, it was something i had been working toward for about 8 years.

i was up and down for a few weeks, really depressed and hating life because i was losing a job and other times just not giving a fuck about anything any more and just riding my life until i die. the same way i do bicycles.

(side note, i got a new bicycle since i started this book. i h
I was going to give this a 3 but then I realised that I don't bother reviewing books that are really a 3 - I ignore them and only review those I revile or enjoy.

Why isn't it a solid 4? Is it the world building? No; this is an interesting altUSA where the Civil War is still ongoing after 20 odd years and clockwork and mechanical elements are creeping into the war effort. And zombies, oh yeah. Is it the heroine? Again no; Mercy is a great, feisty but not unbelievably skilled/talented/strong etc w
Mercy Lynch, elbows deep in bloody laundry at the Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, receives news that she is a widow, and the bad news doesn’t stop there. A second message—a telegram from the west coast—declares that her father is badly injured, possibly dying, and that he wishes to see her.

So Mercy sets out west, through war-torn border states on a trek to reach the Mississippi River to find, in Tacoma, Washington, a law officer who will take her up to Seattle to see her father.

Of co
Melissa McShane
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this. Cherie Priest has a beautiful writing style and her alternate-history world interests me. I especially like the idea that the Civil War has stretched on for twenty-plus years, with all its implications. Mercy, the protagonist, is a Confederate nurse whose husband died in Andersonville (a Confederate POW camp for Union soldiers), and her perspective of the Union as the wrong side makes for a great story. "Wrong side," not "bad guys," because there are ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Mercy Lynch is working as a war nurse in Virginia when she gets two instances of bad news in a couple of days. The first is that her husband (who she only knew a short time before he went off to war), has been killed, and the second is that her father (who left when she was very young) is gravely ill and is asking for her. She decides, against all of her better instincts, to make the journey to Washington to visit the fath
Andromeda M31
Dreadnought details the journey of a young Civil War Nurse from one coast of America to the other. As this is an alternate history, steam punk inspired book, this travel entails dirigibles, diesel or steam powered mecha, deadly armored trains, and zombies. The Civil War has been waged for 15 years in this universe, and was not, as you would have supposed, fought over Slavery, but State's Rights.

I haven't read the other books in the series, and perhaps that's my mistake. The reason for the long
Over the last two years I have had the pleasure of picking up the latest zombie/steampunk fusion by Cherie Priest as a birthday present to myself, and after reading this year's installment, Dreadnought, I can only hope that I'll be able to celebrate a few more birthdays with one of her books tucked under my arm.

"Dreadnought" is a loose sequel to Priest's last book "Boneshaker," with the characters of the previous installment only showing up as we near the end if this chapter. Both books take pla
I'm really beginning to enjoy the series for the well-drawn examples of the world of an extremely drawn out American civil war and a time period where technological advances now border on the peculiarly modernish Japanese fascination with huge walking robots. Most fascinating about this novel was the scenes aboard the train with the same name as the novel. I really felt like I was reading a travelogue that just happened to have airship crashes, zombie outbreaks, train chase scenes, and lots of s ...more
Sigrid Ellis
I really, *really* liked this book. Better than Boneshaker, honestly.


I loved the travelogue through the different countries, and the observations on the U.S. and world in this alternate universe. Being interested in the Victorian era and the Gilded Age, I really liked seeing the ways Priest made her changes.

Also, the action set-pieces in this book are amazing. This is a cinematic book from start to finish, in that I could see it being made into a movie. The dirigible crash? Amazing. And
Jennifer Lamendola
I love the world that Priest has built in her books- but the characters have left something to be desired. The ideas behind them are AWESOME, just like in Bonseshaker, but character development obviously isn't the focus of Priest's writing. In Boneshaker, she was almost there, but Dreadnought was pretty much a straight forward action/adventure read and her characters fail to really emotionally grab you at any point in the book. Well, in the last chapter she had the opportunity to flesh them out ...more
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Clockwork Century (6 books)
  • Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
  • Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3)
  • The Inexplicables (The Clockwork Century, #4)
  • Fiddlehead (The Clockwork Century, #5)
  • Jacaranda (The Clockwork Century, #6)
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) Clementine (The Clockwork Century, #1.1) Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3) Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, #1) Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1)

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